The good, the bad and the naked

The good, the bad and the naked

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Robert Burck, more widely recognised as the original 'Naked Cowboy' of Times Square, looks through a wad of cash as he heads to perform at a private boat cruise with his wife and co-star, 'Naked Cowgirl' Patricia Cruz.

Burck, who turned his success into a franchise, is a long-established attraction at the tourist-filled square. He says he makes up to $150,000 a year in tips alone, and he charges $500 a month to performers who mimic his act.

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Burck does not stop at street performance. He has appeared in ad campaigns, has his own record label and, in 2010, he even announced that he was running for President of the United States.

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Robert Burck and his wife Patricia Cruz use the bathroom in a car garage before going out to perform in Times Square.
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Robert Burck and his wife Patricia Cruz use the bathroom in a car garage before going out to perform in Times Square.

Burck kneels to pray on the bathroom floor.
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Burck kneels to pray on the bathroom floor.

He leads fellow entertainers Titus Gandy (second right) Patricia Cruz (right) and Alejandra Velandia (left), out of the garage and into Times Square.
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He leads fellow entertainers Titus Gandy (second right) Patricia Cruz (right) and Alejandra Velandia (left), out of the garage and into Times Square.

Burck chats to off-duty parking attendants as he rests between performances.
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Burck chats to off-duty parking attendants as he rests between performances.

Titus Gandy, Burck's fellow 'Naked Cowboy,' performs in Times Square.
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Titus Gandy, Burck's fellow 'Naked Cowboy,' performs in Times Square.

Burck looks on as a man poses with Cruz while the couple perform on a party boat.
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Burck looks on as a man poses with Cruz while the couple perform on a party boat.

Burck strikes a pose with two women as they sail along the East River.
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Burck strikes a pose with two women as they sail along the East River.

Gandy laughs with Burck and Cruz as they enjoy a break between acts.
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Gandy laughs with Burck and Cruz as they enjoy a break between acts.

The original 'Naked Cowboy' stands with a tattoo of Jesus on his shoulder during a moment away from the streets.
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The original 'Naked Cowboy' stands with a tattoo of Jesus on his shoulder during a moment away from the streets.